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Woody Allen Wins Best Screenplay Oscar As "The Artist" Takes Top Honors

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Woody Allen won his fourth Oscar Sunday night at the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles – but true to form, the veteran New York City filmmaker didn't show up to accept the award.

Allen won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Midnight in Paris," about a Hollywood screenwriter whose life is transformed during a visit to Paris. The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

Allen, who has typically shunned the Academy Award event, previously won Oscars for "Annie Hall" and "Hannah and Her Sisters."

The Best Picture award went to "The Artist," while Meryl Streep won her third Oscar for Best Actress and Billy Crystal made his ninth appearance as host.

"The Artist" also won awards in four other categories, including Best Original Score and Best Costume Design, and its director, Michel Hazanavicius, and star, Jean Dujardin, took home the academy’s top directing and acting awards.

It marked the first time a French director and French actor have won the top awards in those categories.

A black-and-white silent film about a silent film star whose career tanks when talkies take over, "The Artist" was the first silent film to win Best Picture since "Wings" won top honors at the first Academy Awards event in 1929.

Streep, whose 17 Oscar nominations are more than another other performer in history, won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Her last Best Actress award came 29 years ago, for her performance in "Sophie’s Choice."

At 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest performer to win an Oscar when he took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in "Beginners."

Crystal returned as host of the event after a seven-year absence, having last hosted the Oscars in 2004.

84th Academy Awards Winners

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, "Hugo"

Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schavo, "Hugo"

Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, "The Artist"

Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, "The Iron Lady"

Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Best Sound Editing: Phillip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, "Hugo"

Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, "Hugo"

Best Documentary: "Undefeated"

Best Animated Feature: "Rango"

Best Visual Effects: "Hugo"

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"

Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie, "Man or Muppet"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants"

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Best Live Action Short: "The Shore"

Best Documentary Short: "Saving Face"

Best Animated Short: "The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore"

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Best Picture: "The Artist"

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